After a rough spot start in Texas last weekend, Thomas Pannone has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. We don’t yet know what the corresponding roster move will be.
LHP Thomas Pannone has been optioned to the @BuffaloBisons.
The corresponding move will be announced prior to tomorrow’s game.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 9, 2019
Pannone cracked the team out of spring training as the Blue Jays dealt with various injuries. He ultimately filled into the role the team envisioned for Clayton Richard as the ‘pen’s versatile second lefty who was stretched out to make spot starts.
Over 20 2/3 innings across 13 outings, Pannone posted a 7.40 ERA while striking out 23 and walking 10 batters. He had some really good outings and some really bad ones. The aforementioned start in Texas was ugly, as was his other spot start in Cleveland in April. But as a reliever, Pannone was mostly solid. If you take away his two starts in which he allowed 11 runs in five innings, Pannone allowed six runs in 15 2/3 innings.
The play here, I imagine, is stretching Pannone out so he can be a starter down the road.
Given the fact the team now only has one lefty arm on the 25 …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation